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Volunteer Info

Counselors must be present at camp per the dates listed above. No exceptions.

  • Have experience working with children
  • Complete the application
  • Complete a phone interview
  • Attend all days of camp
  • Must have Criminal and Child Abuse checks completed and mailed prior to attending camp. Anyone who has not lived in the state of PA for the last ten consecutive years ​must also complete an FBI fingerprint check. Clearances are valid for 60 months from date of ​issue.
  • Burn survivors ages 18-20 may apply to the Leaders-In-Training Program
  • All others potential volunteers must be at least 21 years of age

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Jessica Banks, BSE

Jessica Banks is the Prevention Education Director and Camp Liaison for the Burn Prevention Network. She has a Bachelor’s degree with dual certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Millersville University. She worked in Early Care Classrooms and Administration for 18 years before joining the staff of the Burn Prevention Network in 2006. She runs all programming for BPN, and holds the PA State Levels I&II Certification as a Youth Fire Misuse Specialist.  She has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2015.

Liz Dideon Hess, LCSW

Liz Dideon Hess is a Clinical Social Worker working in private practice therapy. Previously, she has worked at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Regional Burn Center for 13 years, where she provided mental health counseling, support group facilitation, and oversaw peer support programs for pediatric and adult burn survivors. She specializes in trauma, social skill development, grief, and body image issues. Liz has been a burn survivor since 2003 and has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2004.

Marcia Levinson, PT, PhD, MFT

Marcia Levinson is an Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University, in the department of Physical Therapy. Her specialty is pediatrics, with a Master’s degree in family counseling, a Master of Science degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy and a Doctorate in Clinical Child Development. Marcia has been on the Leadership Team of Camp Susquehanna since 2002.

Jennifer Nagle, RN, BSN, CCRN

Jennifer Nagle graduated in 1999 from Widner University with a Bachelors degree in nursing and has worked as a critical care nurse at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s, Regional Burn Center since 2003. Jenn has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2006 and the LIT leader since 2013.

Steven Schneider, CFPS

Steven Schneider is a retired Fire Chief and currently works for a large fire protection service provider. He is the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Regional Burn Center’s Liaison to the Fire Service. Steve has been involved with Camp Susquehanna since 2014 and the LIT leader since 2015.

Michelle Scales, RN, BSN

Michelle Scales graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Nursing from Fanshawe College in Canada and has worked in Burn Care for a total of 12 years.  Michelle currently works in the Outpatient Burn Recovery Center at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Recently, Michelle earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Chamberlain University.  She has been involved with several burn camps, and has been with Camp Susquehanna since 2014, leading our nursing team and  joining the leadership team in 2020.

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Camp Susquehanna is only possible because of generous community donors and businesses. It costs roughly $1000 to send one child to camp, and the entire experience is completely free of charge to our campers and their families! If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please use the donate button below or make your check out to the Burn Prevention Network and put Camp Susquehanna in the comment section.

If you prefer to send a check:

Burn Prevention Network c/o Camp Susquehanna
236 North 17th Street
Allentown, PA 18104

** Please make checks payable to Burn Prevention Network and write Camp Susquehanna in the memo line

Leaders In Training

The Leaders In Training (LIT) program is a three year leadership program within Camp Susquehanna, for young adults ages 18 to 21 with an option for a fourth year. The LIT program focuses on fostering skills necessary to becoming a good leader as well as developing life skills that will be beneficial throughout the participant’s lifetime. Through a combination of group discussions and exercises, the participants will recognize the value of teamwork and planning, how to overcome obstacles, handle setbacks and continue to develop their own values. These skills will be put to use while interacting and assisting the campers and councilors. Entry into this program is via an application process, which will be reviewed by a committee of the Camp and those accepted will be notified.

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What is Camp Susquehanna?

Camp is a 5 day, sleep-away experience for children ages 7-17 who have had a burn injury. It is an opportunity for children to have fun, learn life skills, and meet other burn survivors. Although Camp Susquehanna’s campers are of varying ages, activities and groups are geared towards each camper’s developmental needs.

Where is C.S.?

Camp Susquehanna is being held at beautiful Camp Westmont in Poyntelle, PA!  Surrounded by beautiful woods and containing many outdoor adventures, campers and counselors also enjoy the amenities of air conditioned facilities.

Who are the counselors/Staff?

Our staff consists of adult burn survivors, health care professionals, burn center staff and fire service professionals.  All of our staff undergoes criminal background checks, screening interviews, and training.

How much does it cost?

NOTHING! Camp is free to campers, sponsored by the M. Elvin Byler Memorial Sertoma Club, Burn Prevention Network,  and other generous donors.  Campers are also offered free roundtrip bus transportation from several different sites/burn centers across Pennsylvania; including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Lehigh Valley.  Children may also be brought to camp via private vehicle.

What about my child’s special needs?

Camp Susquehanna has qualified burn nurses on staff who dispense medications, change dressings, assist with pressure garments, and perform medical duties as needed.  For the first time this year we will also have the benefit of Telemedicine Services through Lehigh Valley Health Network!  Our programming is geared to include all levels of ability and function.   Other professionals are present, including mental health, physical, occupational, and/or recreational therapists, etc.

It is the policy of the Burn Prevention Network to make its educational programs and services available to all persons, organizations, and places of business without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, race, creed, color, national origin, ability to pay, handicap or disability, and subject to the availability of institutional resources.

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Contact Us

Camp Susquehanna is a program of the Burn Prevention Network.         

236 North 17th Street

Allentown, PA 18104